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After finishing the Jung Typology Test, a personality test, one can be directed to Keirsey Temperament Website, in which one can get some knowledge about the 4 temperaments. What interests me the most is the distribution of the 4 temperaments in the population: 1) the Guardians 40%~45%; 2) the Idealists 8%~10%; 3) the Artisans 35%~40%; 4) the Rationals 5%~7%. (繼續閱讀…)

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Non-god religion!!!

Novak, 54, is a member of the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, a religious group that focuses on respecting others and does not worship a deity. He found it 16 years ago when looking for a nontheistic moral education for his children, and knew right away that he wanted to get involved.

“It’s a place where atheists and agnostics can get what a lot of people get out of church and temple," Novak said of the society.

Novak is part of the growing group of American atheists who have left traditional religions but still feel a desire to be part of a religious group. Many had a positive experience with religion before losing their faith and now miss the community, the tradition and the chance to talk about values with like-minded people. So they join religious organizations that are accepting of atheists, form churches just for atheists or even attend traditional theistic churches.

I hope this is how theist religion gets replaced!!

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After reading

What power looks like:
They ride on Gulfstreams, set the global agenda, and manage the credit crunch in their spare time. They have more in common with each other than their countrymen. Meet the Superclass.

A part of the story in this article is about the American Treasury Secretary and Fed bank’s chairperson convening with the worlds 14 most powerful financial institutions (representing 95% of worlds market activity) to discuss ways to collectively avoid the potential financial crisis, and what regimes and rules need to be in place to avoid free riders. The role the state (as represented by Treasury Secretary and Fed bank) is playing is pretty much unprecedented and the tools informal (nothing in writing).

Reading this article reminds me of the govt-buss relationship of the Japanese Developmental State, and the triangular relationship between govt-buss-academia in business clusters like the one in Ireland, silicon valley and many other states sponsor hi-tech industrial parks. (繼續閱讀…)

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After Prof. Eric Maskin gave a speech last week, an op-ed written by an econ-PhD candidate appeared in a popular newspaper, titling  “兩岸談判需是三方賽局." At the first glance, the argument seems to be convincing, but a closer examination reveals its unsoundness.

According to Prof. Joseph Wang, the author made a mistake in that the involvement of a third party in a mechanism is neither sufficient nor necessary in order to facilitate the mechanism. A mechanism is implementable as long as the participation constraints ( also known as individual rationality) and incentive compatibility are met. (繼續閱讀…)

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I was tidying my room while listening Philosophy Talk talking about “Happiness", I properly have miss a few point here or there. But,

I really wish they had spend more time talking about Happiness as an incentive that is part of a larger system our genes use to encourage our consciousness to act in a way that will increase the chance the genes in our body will survive.

Talking about Happiness as a word, a condition or how it differ from culture to culture and era to era is fine, but any serious conversation about Happiness should devout large proportion to talking about it as an evolutionary biological phenomenon. (繼續閱讀…)

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Digitization of our society is apparently an unstoppable and speeding trend, From Hotmail, Google library, to recreating an entire university inside a computer by Microsoft’s’ WorldWide Telescope. Digitization are driven by different technology “engines". I am using the terminology “engines" because some technology has so much potential for spin-off applications that it should be view as an engine of digitization. Personal computer was the first major engine that let us digitize our information. Internet was the second major engine that revolutionized information distribution. I believe that next engine of digitization is (for the lack of knowledge of a better term) Digital Video Analysis (DVA) and image analysis, which are also the subject and inspiration of this post. In this post i will attempt to present these following thoughts:

1. What are some of the potential application of DVA
2. What kind of innovation strategy is best able to generate vast amount of product ideas.
3. What kind of business strategy is best able to commercialize these ideas. (繼續閱讀…)

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In “Toward a theory of Property Rights", Harold Demsetz wrote,

Perhaps one of the most significant cases of externalities is the extensive use of the military draft. The taxpayer benefits by not paying the full cost of staffing the armed services. The costs which he escapes are the additional sums that would be needed to acquire men voluntarily for the services or those sums that would be offered as payment by draftees to taxpayers in order to be exempted. With either voluntary recruitment, the “buy-him-in" system, or with a “let-him-buy-his-way-out" system, the full cost of recruitment would be brought to bear on taxpayers. (繼續閱讀…)

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